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If you have a company that is able to contribute to creating trans-European transport, energy and digital networks, you may be eligible for a European subsidy under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). CEF investments aim to fill the missing links and solve the bottlenecks in these networks. CEF consists of 3 separate programmes.
CEF Transport aims at supporting investments in building new transport infrastructure in Europe or rehabilitating and upgrading the existing one. The total budget for CEF Transport is €24.05 billion for the 2014-2020 period. INEA is responsible for implementing €22.4 of the CEF Transport budget in the forms of grants during the same period.
CEF Energy aims at the upgrading of existing, and development of new energy transmission infrastructures of European importance. A total budget of €5.35 billion has been made available for energy projects for the 2014-2020 period, of which €4.7 billion in the form of grants.
CEF Telecom facilitates cross-border interaction between public administrations, businesses and citizens, by deploying digital service infrastructures (DSIs) and broadband networks. A €1.04 billion budget is earmarked for trans-European digital services for 2014-2020.
When do you qualify?
Proposals for CEF can be submitted by one or more Member States or, with the agreement of the Member States concerned, by international organisations, joint undertakings, or public or private undertakings or bodies established in Member States.
How to apply
Each year, CEF will publish Calls for Proposals. Please check each programme's website for current Calls.
With regard to the CEF Transport programme, your project must be approved by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management. You submit your proposal through the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl, in Dutch).